A young woman has just awakened and is ready to make breakfast in the kitchen. She tells us, "Good morning! I am ready to cook my breakfast, but first, you must always wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water before, during, and after preparing food. Also you must always rinse off fresh fruits and vegetables before cooking with them." The young woman is washing her hands, and her fruits and veggies.
An older man has come back from grocery shopping and is putting his groceries away. He explains to us, "It doesn't matter if you are going grocery shopping, preparing a meal, or just putting your groceries away. You must always keep raw meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs separate from each other to avoid the spread of germs in your food."
"Beep, Beep, Beep!" A young man runs toward the oven and says, " Whew, that was a close one! I'm glad that the new thermometer came with a timer. I almost missed my turkey!" He turns off the oven and greets us by saying, "Hello there as you can see I got a new thermometer for my food. I read according to the CDC, "Food is safely cooked when the internal temperature gets high enough to kill germs that can make you sick. The only way to tell if food is safely cooked is to use a food thermometer. You can’t tell if food is safely cooked by checking its color and texture."
The young woman has now finished preparing her breakfast and is enjoying it. She says to us, "The reason why it is important to rinse off your food before cooking is because germs that cause food poisoning can survive in many places and spread around your kitchen. That is why it is also important to wash your utensils, cutting boards, and countertops with hot, soapy water after using them. As you can see they are soaking in the sink while I eat."
The older man has finished putting away his groceries. He explains to us, "Another time you should separate raw meat, poultry, and seafood is on cutting boards and plates so that bacteria doesn't get you sick."
The young man takes the turkey out with his oven mitts and says, "I have found a food list that can remind me of the proper temperatures and time to bake certain foods. This is important to make sure that whatever I am about to eat is free of harmful bacteria."